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Jones Point Lighthouse, Alexandria

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Jones Point is a geographic point on the Potomac River which is part of the city of Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The Jones Point lighthouse and a small park are located at the point, which is immediately North of the confluence of Hunting Creek and the Potomac River. The 1791-1792 survey of the boundaries of the District of Columbia began at a spot that was then at the tip of a cape at the Point. The south cornerstone from the boundary survey remains in a seawall several yards south of the lighthouse.The Woodrow Wilson Bridge crosses the point, most of which is under the protection of the National Park Service. Due to landfill over the years, Jones Point is the site of the only land boundary between Virginia and the District of Columbia.Jones Point underwent a major renovation that was completed in 2012. The newly renovated park highlights many of its historical aspects through small National Park Service placards that appear along the walking and biking trails. The renovations feature ample parking lots, basketball court, playground, concession stand, restrooms, new walking and bike paths, small fishing/sightseeing piers, and easy access to the Jones Point lighthouse.
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  • Among history of the area, WWI industry, the lighthouse, and a beautiful river view, this place is the location of the first of the 40 boundary stones that mark the outline of the original ten-mile, s...  more »
  • This hidden place is filled with history. Among the things you'll see are: the lost village of Cameron; info on the first people, their tools and where they used to fish; a WWI shipyard; the lighthous...  more »
  • Great park with access to the river and easy access to local bike trails including a bike route to National Harbor. Fishing is possible if you have a license.  more »
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  • Wonderful historic waterfront location with picnic tables and beautiful lighthouse. I encourage restoring and reopening the lighthouse building to educate the people about Alexandria's hidden maritime history.
  • A nice little piece of history that is never too crowded.
  • Well I hope to go but not right now it would be boring since I am only 9😡
  • Small little park with basketball courts, educational tidbits, fishing pier and of course a light house.
  • Really clean, plenty of space, nice trails, great history.

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Old Town boasts a number of high-end hotels that provide easy walking access to some of Alexandria's most popular restaurants, bars, and attractions. However, these are not typically budget-friendly; those looking to save a few dollars should consider a hotel or motel located on Jefferson Davis Highway. Though not technically within the city boundaries, these accommodations are considerably cheaper and often within walking distance of the metro. Alexandria is also home to a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are located inside historical buildings.
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